first_imgBy Mathuel Browne, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command February 03, 2017 The Individual Water Purification System Block II (IWPSII) is an upgrade to the current version issued to all Marines. “With IWPS II, Marines are able to quickly purify fresh bodies of water on the go,” said Jonathan York, team lead for Expeditionary Energy Systems at Marine Corps Systems Command. “This allows them to travel farther to do their mission.” Finding ways to make small units more sustainable to allow for distributed operations across the battlefield is a key enabler to the Marine Corps becoming more expeditionary. Developing water purification systems that can be easily carried while still purifying substantial amounts of water is part of that focus. The current system filters bacteria and cysts, but Marines still have to use purification tablets to remove viruses. That takes time – as long as 15 minutes for the chemical process to work before it is safe to drink. IWPS II uses an internal cartridge that effectively filters micro pathogens, providing better protection from bacterial and viral waterborne diseases. “IWPS II will remove all three pathogens, filtering all the way down to the smallest virus that can be found,” said Captain Jeremy Walker, project officer for Water Systems. “We have removed the chemical treatment process, so they can drink directly from the fresh water source.” IWPS II can also connect to Marines’ man-packable hydration packs. “The system is quite simple and easy to use,” said Capt. Walker. “The small filter connects directly with the existing Marine Corps Hydration System/Pouch or can be used like a straw directly from the source water. The system has a means to backflush and clean the filter membrane, extending the service life. The system does not require power, just suction.” The current system was fielded in 2004 and used by small raids and reconnaissance units in remote environments where routine distilled water was unavailable. Since then, the system has been used in combat and disaster relief missions. IWPS II is expected to be fielded to Marines in fiscal year 2018. “IWPS II will be especially helpful for deployed Marines in emergency situations when they are far from their base to ensure they have a source of water without resupply,” said Capt. Walker. IWPS is one of the many water systems fielded by MCSC’s Combat Support Systems. To read more about the capabilities fielded by CSS click here…last_img read more

first_imgBy ShareAmerica November 22, 2019 If you’re in Iran, you probably can’t read this.That’s because the Iranian regime imposed a nearly complete internet blackout on its citizens since November 17.Why? You’d have to ask the Iranian regime, although it may have something to do with citizen protests over gasoline price hikes. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the demonstrators “thugs.” More than 1,000 people have been arrested, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing Iran’s semiofficial news agencies like Fars News.The Iranian regime has a history of restricting the internet to undermine protests against dwindling economic opportunity and corruption. And recent reports suggest the regime is making networks more centralized to boost its control.Yet the Iranian people are circumventing the regime’s restrictions through what some describe as “digital resilience.”While NetBlocks, a nongovernmental organization that tracks internet access, says Iran’s regime has cut internet connectivity in the country to less than 5 percent of normal levels, Iranians are still getting images and video of their protests online. They do this by taking advantage of networks that remain online and at times connect to the internet through satellites or service providers in neighboring countries, according to Bloomberg.At least two members of Iran’s parliament resigned after not being consulted on the gas price hike, according to The New York Times.And while the Iranian people suffer, the Iranian regime funds terror around the world.last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently, the Board of Supervisors approved its 2018 Saratoga County budget and increased the SCPP funding to $808,000, despite no identifiable projects delivered with actual job and wage creation. Of the total, SCPP’s payroll has exploded to $434,000. This increase in salaries comes after a county-commissioned study in 2014 by national expert TIP Strategies called for a total budget of $478,000 and a staff budget of $269,000. Nearly doubling a budget for an organization that has shown no results is one reason the public is so cynical about organizations led by politicians.It doesn’t have to be this way. We have a 40-year-old proven entity producing results that is funded and led by the private sector. Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has helped stimulate $2.5 billion of project investment, 1,700 retained and created jobs and $47 million in new payroll in the same time frame that taxpayer-funded SCPP has produced nothing.I was fortunate to work for the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, and in that time I worked with SEDC on a number of successful projects. The staff at SEDC is a competent and hard-working group with a proven record of success in economic development. Our elected officials need to join with community-minded business leaders and end the failure that is the SCPP. It’s time to realign proper roles around market-led economic development while the county continues to support a positive taxpayer-friendly landscape for growth and invests limited funds to enhance community infrastructure needs or Main Street small business initiatives.We all want Saratoga County to continue to thrive and succeed. Saratoga County supervisors need to get back on the same page as the local business community and residents in order to foster future success.Brien F. HollowoodSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Recent reports have revealed that the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (SCPP) has had a stunning lack of meaningful economic development results for its three years of entirely taxpayer-funded activity. Saratoga County taxpayers, through their elected supervisors, have allowed $2.5 million of public funds to be spent with no meaningful new capital investment or job creation.last_img read more